On a warm, sunny Sunday morning, keen runners pledged their support for our work by taking part in the Royal Berkshire Green Park 10K race. They dusted off their trainers, donned a branded T-shirt and found their way to the race starting point.
Dingley’s Promise has been very fortunate to be selected as one of the Charity Partner’s for this fantastic event alongside Launchpad. With free places offered to supporters for a minimum of £75 sponsorship, we were delighted when sixteen people stepped up and offered to take part.
From the Race Village and along the course at the Dingley’s Promise Water Station, our runners were warmly supported. Matthew Glencross, our youngest runner at only 15 years old, took part in his first 10K. Having run the 3K Mini Marathon last year as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award at the same event, Matthew was ready for his next challenge. Matthew was the first of our runners to make it across the finishing line with an incredible time of 49.38 and coming 362 out of over 1500 participants!
Not long after was our very own Daisy, the only mascot in the race, ran by Matthew Knight. A committed runner for Dingley’s Promise and a faithful volunteer, Matthew did an incredible sub-1 hour with a time of 58:58. Considering the costume and the heat, we are extremely proud of his achievement.
Everyone had an excellent run, considering that temperatures reached 21 degrees with little cloud. The atmosphere was superb, with Dingley Bear making an appearance to greet all those children taking part in the Mini Mile, Mini Marathon and those supporting their family and friends. With hugs and high fives all round, we were thrilled to be part of this event in Reading.
We want to thank all of our runners; Senthil, Kerry, Tara, Nicky, Simon, Abi, Victoria, Matthew, Paul, Hollie, Vrushali, Vishwas, Alison, Zora, Matthew and Aushi. Between them, they have raised over £3,700 for our work, which is fantastic!
We also would not have been able to support the event without all of our volunteers. We wish to thank each and every one, for their time on a Sunday. We want them to know that the part they played in the smooth running of the race and support for our runners, was pivotal.